NSCD launches new Contemporary Urban Dance course

7 Jan 2020

Leeds-based conservatoire Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) is expanding its offering to include more diverse dance forms with the launch of a new 1-year course in Urban Dance. Due to start in September 2020, the Certificate of Higher Education in Contemporary Urban Dance will explore a breadth of styles with close connections to popular and youth culture, encompassing African/Caribbean Carnival dance, House, Vogue and Street/Hip-hop.

Established in 1985 by pioneering dance educationist Nadine Senior, NSCD started as a hub for local young people to gain access to and excel in dance. Holding firmly onto its roots, the School has grown an international reputation for the quality of its training, attracting talented students from all over the world. Students leave with the tools to make it in the industry as dancers, choreographers and teachers, and many alumni have gone on to found and lead their own international companies.

The new CertHE Contemporary Urban Dance programme was developed in collaboration with leading dance professionals in the city, including NSCD alumna and Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre Sharon Watson. On speaking of her involvement she said: “I am thrilled to have been able to contribute…I hope that by broadening the range of genres the school can offer, we see a diverse uptake of fresh new talent.”

Working through social and cultural contexts, students will examine the role of Urban dance styles in telling the stories of individuals, communities and regions. Alongside helping students to improve their improvisation, freestyle and choreographic tools and so become well-rounded dancers, the course provides multiple performance opportunities both at the in-house Riley Theatre and off-site. Led by industry professionals, the diverse and dynamic course helps students to develop their own unique movement language.

Designed to prepare artists for further professional training at HE level, the fast-paced CertHE is ideally suited to students who want to develop core technique and creative skills before committing to a BA degree programme. NSCD’s CertHE programmes have a strong track record of helping students to access Higher Education – 98% of NSCD’s CertHE students in 2018 progressed to further dance training at NSCD, another leading conservatoire or university.


NSCD is currently accepting applications to all its courses for 2020 entry.

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Apply for the CertHE Contemporary Urban Dance by Sunday 22 March 2020